10 February 2011

coconut macaroons

macaroons

Looking for a simple treat with minimal preparation? Look no further than the classic coconut macaroon. A macaroon is just that, a cookie/confection hybrid made up of sugar, egg whites, and coconut as the main ingredients. They're like a Mounds bar, but have the potential to be so much more depending on what you put into it. Obviously, you can also dip them in chocolate.

macaroons

I chose to be simple this time and just add half lemon extract and half vanilla extract. The recipe I used called for chopped dried cranberries, though I opted to not use them. Unsweetened coconut really is the way to go for these things to minimize the sweetness, though if you reduce the sugar they'll probably work (though possibly ooze a bit while baking). If strands of coconut bother you, simply pulse briefly in a food processor to break the shreds up.

The fun part of making macaroons is forming them into mini pyramids. Dipping your fingers in water keeps the mixture from sticking and makes forming the mounds easy. They look small when you form the mounts, though they puff up nicely once baked so don't be alarmed by the miniature size.

macaroons

Bake until the edges are golden and the outsides are dry. The insides should still be chewy, which is the draw of the macaroon. I want to make these again soon! Kroger's here in town started carrying unsweetened coconut for the same price as the regular kind, so I can see this becoming my new go to treat. I want to try some different flavors out!

Recipe after jump



Coconut Macaroons
Recipe from FoodNetwork.com

Makes 20-24
ingredients -

2/3 cup sugar
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3 cups (about 8 ounces) finely shredded unsweetened coconut

directions -
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

  2. Whisk the sugar, egg whites, vanilla and lemon extract, and salt in a large bowl. Toss the coconut with the egg mixture until completely coated.

  3. Moisten your finger tips with water. Form about 1 heaping tablespoon of the batter into pointed mounds or pyramids on the prepared pans, spacing them about 1-inch apart.

  4. Bake until the edges are golden brown and the entire macaroon is nicely toasted and dry, 16 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Serve.

Store macaroons in a tightly sealed container for up to a week.

10 comments:

  1. I've never made these...I want to...but I don't need to...if you know what I mean. I love coconut!

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  2. YUM. Now I totally want to make my own almond joys.

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  3. Mmmm! I love how elegant they look for the minimal prep work. Thanks for the recipe!

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  4. Bo - Make them regardless! Especially since you like coconut.

    Rose - It would be pretty tasty if you mixed broken pieces of almond slivers in with the coconut, then dipped in chocolate.

    Mica - I know. After some intensive baking, I appreciated the simplicity. You're welcome!

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  5. Gotta love a good macaroon recipe! We'd love for you to share your recipe at dishfolio.com!

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  6. I love the haystack shape for your macaroons. They look delicious.

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  7. Oh I love these! We often made this when I was a child.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this coconut macaroons widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for coconut macaroons,Thanks!

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  8. these look great! it's not easy to nail that pyramid shape...

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  9. Lacey - Thanks for the head's up!

    Nicole - They were fun to shape. Thanks!

    Alisa - Thank you!

    Danny - Thanks! It was nice once I got the hang of it, too.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your recipe and your tips as well, great help for me as a newbie in the kitchen, just starting ang enjoying cooking.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your thoughts are appreciated! ^,^

~Christina

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